Scott Conservancy to offer pruning workshop

Published Feb 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm (Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm)

It’s one of the least understood aspects of gardening, but it is critical for a healthy and attractive landscape. That’s why Scott Conservancy is sponsoring a community education program on pruning, a favorite topic of the presenter, Penn State Master Gardener Martha Swiss.

Presented by the Allegheny County Penn State Master Gardeners, “Pruning: The Kindest Cut” will cover not only how to prune, but when to prune. When done correctly, pruning can rejuvenate overgrown trees and shrubs, increase plant vigor and improve appearance. Proper formative pruning also gets young trees and shrubs off to a good start, resulting in a healthier and more beautiful landscape.

Scott Conservancy Community Education Chair Jane Peart, a Penn State master gardener herself, said they have had a lot of requests for a program on pruning.

“People are afraid,” said Peart. “They have trees and woody ornamentals in their landscaping and they know they should do something, but they’re not sure what.”

Fortunately, Peart said pruning is easier than people think.

The program will cover tools, safety and pruning techniques. In addition, soil test kits will be available for purchase, and there will be free take-home literature covering general topics such as edible landscaping, lawn management, composting and native pollinators.

Open to the general public, “Pruning: The Kindest Cut” will be held from 7-8 p.m. March 20 at the Lodge in Scott Park. The cost to attend is $5, which will be collected at the door. Since seating is limited, registration is required.

To register, email or call 412-788-1361. Registrants need to supply their name and contact information – email address or phone number or both.

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